Controlling Image File Size

To keep the galleries usable for folks on dial-up connections, and to keep our bandwidth usage reasonable, we ask that you limit the size of most of your images to 200 KB or less.

Here are some suggestions if you find that your file is too large (much of it "borrowed" from Hugh's forum post on Save for Web):

If you're using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

  1. First, resize your image so that it's about 800 pixels or less on the long side. It's ok if it's a little larger, but it will be easier to stay under the file size limit if the image isn't too large. To resize an image in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements:

  2. If you're using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, use "Save for Web" to save your image as a JPG:



If you're using some other image-editing program

  1. First, resize your image so that it's about 800 pixels or less on the long side. It's ok if it's a little larger, but it will be easier to stay under the file size limit if the image isn't too large. If you don't know how to resize an image, consult the Help feature of your image-editing program.

  2. When you have the image sized correctly, save it as a JPG, setting the compression or quality level somewhere between 5 and 8.


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